12-year-old girl battling dementia

A prepubescent girl is battling dementia - a condition that is usually only associated with the elderly.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Charlea Armstead is like any other 12-year-old, she loves Justin Bieber, her family, and dreams of being a ballerina one day.

Sadly for her, these dreams will probably never become a reality, as Charlea is currently fighting dementia.

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Charlea dreams of being a ballerina
Charlea dreams of being a ballerina

For Charlea has a rare condition, known as Niermann-Pick Type C, that is making her lose her memory.

On top of this, the condition makes her experience incontinence and confusion, humiliating incidents for the little girl.

Her mother, 29-year-old Danielle Craig spoke out about her daughter’s condition:

‘We don’t know when this cruel disease will take Charlea.’

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‘We were told it could be two years or ten. Charlea is 12 and she’s still fighting. She never stops smiling. She has big dreams for a wonderful life. I just hope a cure is found soon so all her wishes come true.’

Charlea is one of only 82 people who have the disease in the UK, and there are thought to be only about 500 cases worldwide.

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